Discover the POWER OF PLAYGYM!
Research shows sensory activities are the best ways for young children to learn. All PlayGym classes are designed to include multi-sensory stimulation. PlayGym themes provide an excellent opportunity for young children to learn new vocabulary as they experience play like never before!
PlayGym is a carefully designed program that encourages the development of motor skills, cognitive skills, social skills, and self-confidence. Fun-filled, age appropriate activities using colorful gym equipment and sensory stimulation provide a wealth of "food" for the brain. Caregivers and children make friends, share special time together, enjoy new experiences, and have fun!
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!
Classes can fill up quickly and we cannot always accomodate walk-ins. To make sure that a class still has spots available, call Nancy at (423) 648-6045 or Sheila at (423) 648-6040 to register your child. Creative Discovery Museum reserves the right to change, add, or combine classes based upon changes in class enrollment. Payment due upon registration. No refunds. Makeup classes available.
The Stages of PlayGym
(Times marked through are not available at this time.)
BabyGym - 4 to 14 months
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. or Thursdays 10:30 a.m.
Babies engage in a carefully-planned program that addresses all important areas of early development. Baby sign language, music, movement, socialization, and language development are included in each class. Keepsake art is created every week, giving lots of opportunities for sharing baby's milestones with the family.
Little Ones - 12 to 24 months
Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. or Fridays 10:30 A.M.Caregivers and children enjoy activities based on age-appropriate themes that change weekly. Baby sign language gives children communication skills that transfer to the home setting. All classes include seesaw time, choo-choo, bubbles, rhythm band, and process art.
2 Much Fun - 24 to 36 months
Mondays 11:30 A.M., Thursdays 9:30 A.M. or Fridays 11:30 A.M.
Similar to the Little Ones class, each Two Much Fun class includes process art, seesaw and choo-choo time, parachutes, bubbles, and rhythm band. In addition, our fun weekly themes provide multi-sensory ways to play and build vocabulary. Children also practice social skills as they learn to share, take turns, and enjoy playing in a group setting.
Preschool Enrichment - 3 years to 4 years
Tuesdays 11:30 A.M.
Children experience sensory-filled activities based on rich early childhood literature. Activities such as making ice cream in a ball, planting seeds, and baking pies provide rich connections to delightful literature. This class features some of PlayGym’s favorite components such as seesaws and rhythm band.
- Wintertime Wonder Session January 7 – March 1 (8 weeks)
Have fun playing in the snow, waddling like penguins and putting on mittens as we dive into winter. During this session we will also play with lights and shadows, learn about hibernation and shapes and celebrate Valentine’s Day, of course!
- Splashy Spring Session March 4- April 26 (8 weeks)
Explore wind, rain and the living things that surround us this spring. Pretend to sheer a sheep, fly like a butterfly, move like a ladybug and hop like a bunny! Enjoy a farmers’ market and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as well.
- Magnificent May Mini-Session April 29- May 24 (4 weeks)
May means gardening and celebrating our mommies! Mid-session we will experiment with ramps and build with blocks as we transition into soaring summertime fun!
- June Jaunts Mini-Session June 3 - June 28 (4 weeks)
June is full of adventures and celebrations! We welcome dinosaurs and make boats float. Father’s Day and Fourth of July fun are also part of this spectacular summer session.
- Sizzling Summer Mini-Session July 8- August 2 (4 weeks)
The summer fun continues this mini-session with ice cream, the beach, the sun, and a safari!
- Fantastic Fall Session August 19- October 11 (8 weeks)
Explore, Explore and More! We’ll explore the five senses and explore even more with airplanes and trains! Fall wouldn’t be complete without exploring fun on the farm and playing in the leaves!
- Holiday Happenings Session October 14- December 13 (8 weeks)
October brings fun with pumpkins, spiders, and Halloween parties! Then on to Thanksgiving feasts, jingly bells, and gingerbread fun! (There are no classes the week of Nov. 25-29 in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday).
About our PlayGym Instructors
Erin Townley, Early Childhood Manager, earned her M.Ed. in human development and Ed.S.in school psychology from Lehigh University. She has experience working with young children and their caregivers in many settings. Erin has participated in PlayGym with her own children and is excited to share this experience with others. You can reach Erin at (423) 648-6041 or email@example.com.
Christie Haggard, Early Childhood Assistant Manager, earned her M. Ed and Ed. S. in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She taught pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade in Hamilton County for 14 years. Christie also worked as outreach educator for Creative Discovery Museum three years prior to becoming the early childhood assistant manager. You can reach Christie at (423) 648-6073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.